I have read 96 books by the end of the first week of November, just 4 books short of my goal to read 100 books this year. I’m proud because I never thought I could have read this much. It wasn’t even I was under a lot of pressure, but rather being challenged to be focused. The time that I would have used to spend on surfing the internet and watching television translates into 25 more books read this year. So what’s for next year? I would like to keep the same pace and read at least 100 (with the pace I’m going now, I could end up with 114). I mentioned my staggering TBR pile yesterday, and the trips to Half Price Books in Dallas and here in Berkeley, CA didn’t help make a dent.
Speaking of the new Berkeley store, it takes the space that used to be a numerous incarnations: a Woolworth type of general store, a toy store, and a Halloween party store. It is a great place to buy books. Yes, there are a great many independent booksellers in the college town and the Oakland area, but Half Price Books is notable for being simply a great shopping experience. Price wise HPB is way better than Moe’s on Telegraph. Selection wise, not even close to Moe’s. However, if what you are looking for is a widely read book (not necessarily chick lit or bestseller), than Half Price will have it for, well “half price”. I shop here almost weekly. Their classics section is stocked well enough; I have yet to not find a title I was looking for.
The year 2013 will be filled with books acquired from this brand new HPB location. I also have a “save-the-best-for-last” habit: keep saving up and deferring books that I know are great reads to a weekend getaway or vacation. This is how Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont and The Secret History by Donna Tartt have remained indefinitely on the shelf. 2013 will also see the return of my favorite authors, to name a few, Andrea Levy, Hilary Mantel (I need to mentally prepare myself for Bring Up the Bodies after a strenuous Wolf Hall).